richard sapper

Olivari designers

MONACO, 1932-2015

Born in Stuttgart, Sapper studies economy and engineering and is then hired at the Mercedes Style Center, but he moves to Milan in 1958 to work in Gio Ponti’s Studio. Shortly thereafter he begins productive collaboration with Marco Zanuso and they design revolutionary electronic products such as the Doney(1962), Algol (1964), and Black (1970) televisions for Brionvega.



— Grillo telefono, Siemens Italtel 1965 (conMarco Zanuso)

— Richard Sapper

Sapper brings the accuracy of German engineering to Italian design: his most famous product, Artemide’s Tizio amp (1972) is proof.

— Algol televisore, Brionvega 1964 (conMarco Zanuso)

— TS 502 Radio, Brionvega 1963 (conMarco Zanuso)

He has worked for Alessi, Castelli, Fiat, IBM, Kartell, Lorenz, Magis, Siemens and he has been awarded the Golden Compass Award a good ten times.

— Tizio lampada, Artemide 1972